Stephen G. Hyslop worked for many years as a writer and editor at Time-Life Books, where he contributed to a series of books on American Indians, including Tribes of the Southern Plains and People of the Desert. He wrote the final volume of that series, Chroniclers of Indian Life, a study of the travelers, ethnographers, and tribal authorities who documented Native American culture.
While working on Bound for Santa Fe, he traveled both branches of the Santa Fe Trail--the Mountain Route and the Cimarron Route--and conducted research at the Missouri Historical Society in St. Louis and the New Mexico State Records and Archives in Santa Fe. He is the author of two articles based on Bound for Santa Fe: "Embarking from St. Louis," an excerpt from the book appearing in the May 2002 issue of Wagon Tracks: Santa Fe Trail Association Quarterly; and "An Explorer--or a Spy?" a close look at the controversial expedition that brought Zebulon Pike to Santa Fe in 1807, appearing in the July/August 2002 issue of American History.
He is working now on an eyewitness history of life in California from the arrival of the first Spanish colonists there in 1769 to American acquisition of the territory in 1848. Born in California and raised in New York City, he lives with his wife in Alexandria, Virginia, and travels frequently across the West.